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"Sharp’s bass saxophone provided drones and feedback-like distortions of sound, as Kellough explored, distorted, and pulled apart words and their meaning, occasionally reducing them to their original phonological sounds as during the final piece RAIL, all performed with a rhythmic intentionality. The result created massive arches of musical tension, as language and musical syntax fragmented and reassembled."
- Tyler Versluis, for Musical Toronto 

Jason Sharp is a Montreal based composer / baritone and bass saxophonist. As a solo saxophonist he has opened for saxophonists David S. Ware, Peter Brötzmann, and Joe McPhee. He is a regular member of Josh Zubot’s Mend Ham, Sam Shalabi’s Land Of Kush, and Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra. In addition to his usual collaborators, he has recorded with Matana Roberts, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, and Sam Shalabi for the Constellation Label.  Jason’s compositional work explores acoustic resonances, controlled feedback, and the relationship between breath and pulse.  

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Kaie Kellough is a word-sound systemizer.  His systems originate in the inchoate swirl of vowels, consonants, misspellings, shapes, stammerings, and emerge as audio recordings, books, visual entities, volumes of letters, and performances that verse and reverse utterance.

Kaie's work fuses formal experiment and social engagement. Kaie is the author of 2 books of poetry Lettricity (Cumulus Press 2004), and Maple Leaf Rag (Arbeiter Ring Publishing 2010), and 2 Sound recordings: Vox:Versus (WOW 2011), and Creole Continuum (HOWL! 2014). Kaie has performed and published internationally, and is presently working on a novel.  

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